Live from New York, it’s Sarah Palin!
After weeks of being skewered by comedian Tina Fey on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is scheduled to appear on the program this weekend, ABC News has learned.
Palin will travel to New York on Saturday, and is tentatively scheduled to appear on the sketch comedy program that has parodied the Republican vice presidential nominee in three skits this fall.
It is not clear whether Palin will appear in a live segment with Tina Fey, whose uncanny separated-at-birth impersonation of Palin has drawn rave reviews, including one from Palin herself. Fey, who now produces and stars in the NBC sitcom "30 Rock," had previously served as the head writer of "SNL" and co-anchor of the show's "Weekend Update."
During a press availability aboard the Palin campaign plane last week, Palin called Fey's impersonation a "hoot" and said that would "love to" appear on the program to try to give the comedian a taste of her own medicine. Palin says she has dressed up as Fey for Halloween in the past.
"I love her," Palin said of Fey. "She's a hoot and she's so talented and it would be fun to either imitate her or keep on giving her more material and keep her in business."
When Palin's running mate Sen. John McCain was asked by David Letterman during a taping of "The Late Show" on Thursday whether Palin would appear on “SNL,” he said, "I think she is, yes," adding that the appearance "will probably get more of an audience than our debate did," referring to Wednesday night’s final presidential debate between McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.
SNL first parodied Palin in a sketch for the show’s season premiere last month, with Fey playing Palin as part of a joint press conference with Sen. Hillary Clinton, played by the show's resident Clinton impersonator Amy Poehler. Two weeks later, Poehler changed roles, impersonating Katie Couric interviewing Tina Fey's Palin in a parody of Palin’s widely-panned interview with the CBS News anchor. And just two weeks ago, the program performed an extended spoof of Palin’s vice presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden.
Saturday Night Live has been a critical stopping point on the campaign trail. Both Sens. McCain and Obama have made live cameos on the program in the last year. Sen. Clinton also secretly flew to New York in March to appear in a well-received skit alongside Poehler, who played Clinton on the program throughout the Democratic primaries.
Fey has said she will continue the impersonation of Palin until Election Day, but told TV Guide in an interview that she's "done" with the impersonation if the McCain-Palin ticket wins the election.
"We're gonna take it week by week," Fey told TV Guide for an upcoming issue. "If she wins, I'm done. I can't do that for four years. And by 'I'm done,' I mean I'm leaving Earth."